We're Hiring Librarians!

By Jenn D. RSS Tue, June 22, 2021

Are you passionate about serving diverse populations in an urban public library setting? Are you ready for all that Philadelphia has to offer? If so, then please consider this community-focused Librarian position housed within a large, municipal library system—the Free Library of Philadelphia!

We expect to hire 12 librarians in this cycle, so this is a great time to explore this Philadelphia opportunity!

Each of our neighborhood locations has its own unique vibe, while Philadelphia as a city offers opportunities for engaging with intergenerational and cross-cultural communities. As a librarian, you will advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity, as well as:

  • Foster positive relationships and collaborations with community partners
  • Enthusiastically engage with our youth population
  • Conduct outreach to schools and community groups
  • Provide digital, electronic, and traditional reference services to customers
  • Develop programming to meet community wants, needs, and aspirations
  • Collaborate with Friends’ groups, volunteers, and civic associations
  • Serve in an Acting Library Supervisor capacity, as needed
  • Facilitate special projects and other duties, as assigned

Candidates who are fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean, French, Haitian-Creole, or American Sign Language (ASL) are encouraged to apply. We are actively seeking candidates who reflect the diversity of our dynamic city.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition to being a union-represented position with pension and generous retirement savings options, City of Philadelphia employment benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays per year. New employees are even eligible for a $2,000 hiring bonus!

Apply for this position now!

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 2.

Good luck!


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After a career helping students acquire French&German language skills, it would be an honor to collaborate with communities to ignite a passion for literacy. Hablo un poco espaƱol pero soy una gringa:).
Joanne Fabian - Philadelphia
Thursday, June 24, 2021

I see that you are looking to hire for 12 positions, but only see one listed. Are the other 11 the same position? I don't have my MLS but have been working at the Chester County Library for several years and would love to apply.
Mary Magana - Philadelphia
Friday, June 25, 2021

Thank you for your interest in working at the Free Library. The 12 librarian positions all have the same requirements which include a Master's Degree in Library or Information Studies. For all available Library jobs: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/about/careers/
Administrator - Philadelphia
Monday, June 28, 2021

I would really like to work here as a librarian!!
Crystal hartwell - Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Monday, September 27, 2021